Google Earth imagery update

Google has recently updated the ‘historical layer’, this time including the southern hemisphere, which we previously noted had been missed in the last update. Unfortunately, due to the recent demise of the Google Earth plugin/API we are unable to create a map of the updates. However, we can still track down some interesting sights where the imagery was captured as part of DigitalGlobe’s FirstLook program.

Google has also pushed out a large number of new 3D areas.

Crater?
There is some imagery on the east coast of India dated December 3rd, 2016, which was captured in response to cyclone NADA-16 which made landfall in late November. Although it does look wetter than usual, it is a naturally we region with a lot of lakes and flooded fields and we didn’t find any flooded houses. We did, however, come across the circular feature below:

Do any of our readers know whether this is an impact crater or some other geological phenomenon?

Indonesian Earthquake
A magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck Aceh province, Indonesia, on December 7th, 2016. There is quite a lot of DigitalGlobe imagery of the region from December and January. According to Wikipedia 104 people were killed and over 1000 injured. Although it was reported that 686 structures were either destroyed or damaged, we were not able to positively identify any in the imagery as it is not very high resolution.

Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
There is some black and white imagery of Sydney harbour relating to the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race which took place on December 26th, 2016. As far as we can tell, the actual race was not captured in the imagery.

To see the above locations in Google Earth download this KML file.

If you come across any interesting sights in the imagery do let us know in the comments.

About Timothy Whitehead

Timothy has been using Google Earth since 2004 when it was still called Keyhole before it was renamed Google Earth in 2005 and has been a huge fan ever since. He is a programmer working for Red Wing Aerobatx and lives in Cape Town, South Africa.






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Comments

  1. (Geologist here) Regarding the circular feature: I doubt that it’s actually a crater: 1. the main channel seems largely unaffected, 2. The circular structure is interrupted and there is no visual sign of a crater rim on the agricultural land, 3. I checked the elevation profile of the area and there is no indication of a depression or elevation of any sort, 4.( and most important) the area is located in a delta plain (no volcanism, no carst) which does not feature any type of crater structures (that I know of).

    I think the southern part is a side channel (oxbow channel) and the northern part is a stream following surface topography on the foot of the northern valley slope.

    • Timothy Whitehead says:

      Thanks for the input. So it is just chance that it looks nearly circular. I guess a lot of oxbow lakes are close to semi-circles.

  2. mainul islam says:

    i dont watch it

  3. Hi Timothy,

    I was wondering if you know of any way to view Google Earth with the patchwork or mosaic type imagery? Until recently you could get a view like that by entering the historical imagery layer but even that seems to have been ‘smoothed’ now. I really need a view like this for a project I am working on. Any ideas? I tried installing version 6.2 but it seems to make no difference.

    Thanks,
    Wilf

  4. Mohamed Amine Ben Mariem says:

    Any update for 2017?



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